Three Golden Rules for Faking Fuller Hair

While the clothes may make the man, let's not forget about the hair. Though some guys may scoff at cleaning up their coifs, it goes without saying that a bad-hair day can ruin even the best of ensembles. If things are looking a little limp on top, abide by these three simple rules for a confidence-boosting lift.

Rule 1: Get the Right Haircut
"Although the right style differs from guy to guy, shorter cuts with texture help give the hair a fuller appearance," says Dan Sharp, owner of the Brooklyn salon Danka Panka and stylist to stars like David Bowie and Charlize Theron.

"The first thing I always recommend to a gentleman with finer hair is to get a haircut that's a bit short on the sides to help balance out the volume. This will give the illusion of the hair being fuller on top," says Garrett Bryant, a Manhattan-based stylist who's worked with Calvin Klein, Rodarte, and Thakoon at New York Fashion Week. "Avoid letting the hair get too long on top to keep it from lying flat," he adds.

Stylist Angela Soto of Whittemore House Salon in New York City recommends an updated James Dean look. "Pushed back on top with some height also gives volume," she says. "As long as the top has texture, that will keep the look fresh, young, and modern."

Oribe Crème for Style (left) and Sachajuan Ocean Mist

Rule 2: Shampoo and Blow-Dry Regularly
"You want to be sure to shampoo daily, as to not let the hair get oily or weighed down," Bryant says. "This also keeps the scalp stimulated." For daily care, Soto recommends applying Oribe Crème for Style (a product favored by her clients for its scent) to wet locks before blow-drying for volume and texture. For men with fine or thin hair, Sharp points to Sachajuan's styling and hair-care lines that use proteins and minerals from live sea algae to give the hair lift without overpowering it. His favorite product from Sachajuan's styling line is the Ocean Mist, a salty, lightweight spray that can be used with other products and is suitable for all hair types. "We call this spray 'liquid crack' because clients get addicted to its powers, and I use it on all of my male clients because nothing gives me the same great texture and fullness," Sharp says.

Bumble and bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse (left) and Creme Contour

Rule 3: Stay Away From Heavy Gels, Pomades, and Waxes
Editorial hairstylist Jordan M. recommends Bumble and bumble's Thickening Full Form Mousse and Creme Contour, a style-shaping product that boasts restructuring agents like sweet almond seedcake extract. Apply it after heat styling to get a more voluminous look with natural sheen. "For more volume, apply Full Form Mousse into dryish hair, let it dry, mess it up, and then polish if off with a bit of Creme Contour for definition," he says. "Creme Contour is great because it has a semi-matte finish that gives the illusion of fullness, as opposed to a wax, which does the opposite."

For a softer, more beachy look, Bryant suggests using a texturizing spray like Liquid Fabric from Shu Uemura before blow-drying. "To finish, stay away from waxes or greasy hair pomades. Products with matte or textured finishes [try Kérastase's Pâte Capital Force] are best," he says, adding that a product should be distributed evenly on the hand to prevent it from clumping in the hair when applied.

—Ivy Tan, online producer

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